Wighty-Tighty Lefty-Loosey




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This route takes you out to the Wild West Wight. These trails offer breath-taking views and lung-busting climbs, paired with coastal cycle paths and scenic Island villages.

The route begins from Ryde and heads out through the small village of Havenstreet before ascending onto the backbone ridge of the Isle of Wight. It skirts round Carisbrooke Castle and then heads out onto the fabulous Tennyson Trail; through the dense woodland of Brighstone Forest, before emerging into the sunshine at Chessell.

Taking to the tarmac for a short while, the route descends open winding lanes to the coastal village of Yarmouth, skirting round the town before heading south along the Old Railway Track to Freshwater. From Freshwater the route begins to climb up onto the most picturesque trail on the Island, offering magnificent views out over The English Channel.

A technical descent then takes you down onto the famous Military Road, before heading back in land and climbing once again onto Brighstone Down. From Shorwell the route heads through the tranquil lanes of Atherfield before heading north through the thatched village of Godshill and onwards to another dismantled railway line that takes you back to the centre of the Island.

A climb back over Arreton Down will be sure to sap any remaining energy from your legs, before a beautiful descent down to Seaview Seafront and a spin back along the coast to Ryde.


Authored By Jack Buxton
"After only learning how to ride his bike in anti-clockwise circles back in the Nineties, Jack has come a long way (although only by taking left turns) and is now heading Pearson's online offering. When he's not manning the keyboards you'll see him out on his Off Grid, as a newly converted gravel aficionado."
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